Quinn Signs Illinois Boater Safety RegulationsCHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has approved several laws aimed at increasing boater safety on a holiday weekend that many Illinois residents are spending on lakes and rivers.
The Chicago Democrat signed the three measures Saturday. They require safety courses, set down rules for towing people on water tubes and impose stricter DUI penalties.
Beginning in 2016, residents born after Jan. 1, 1998, must hold a state safety license. The rules apply to those operating watercraft with more than 10 horsepower. Additionally, boaters towing a person must display a foot-long orange flag while the rider is in the water. And residents convicted of three boater-related DUI offenses or people operating a watercraft with revoked licenses could have their boats taken away.
The bills are SB2731, SB3433 and SB3434. More information is available online: http://www.ilga.gov
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